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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-09-07, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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confused Timing Marks

I'm trying to set the timing on my 1980 302 to 6 degrees BTC. When I shoot it with the timing light, the mark is WAY off from the pointer; about 1/4 the way around the harmonic balancer. No amount of turning the distributer will get it to line up; it will go dead long before, and I don't think my timing can be THAT far off. I'm certain my hookup is correct (to the #1 spark plug cable).

Could this be because the timing chain, cam, or something was changed and everything wasn't lined up correctly during reinstallation, causing the timing marks to be off? Or am I doing something wrong? Is there a fix? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Timing Marks

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I'm certain my hookup is correct (to the #1 spark plug cable).
You're hooked up to the front cable on the passenger's side? Does your timing light have a dial adjuster on it? If so, is it set to zero?

If your timing was that far off, your car wouldn't be running. Something ain't right here.

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Re: Timing Marks

Yep, it's hooked to the number one cylinder, passenger's side nearest the front of engine. I agree if it was that far off, it wouldn't be running. thanks
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Re: Timing Marks

Are you using an old balancer? Sometimes outer ring will slip round on old balancers, maybe try with different balancer. i had this trouble with mine
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Re: Timing Marks

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Are you using an old balancer? Sometimes outer ring will slip round on old balancers, maybe try with different balancer. i had this trouble with mine

Oooo! Good call. Hadn't thought of that one.

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Re: Timing Marks

ive got an 82 futura with the same issue its a 1/4" above the indacator
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